Group-think protects friendships, but at the cost of your integrity

12 Nov

From Kenneth Pierce:

It seems to me that whenever two or more people gather to do business, or to congregate around an idea, a stifling Group-Think sets in. Any deviation from the norm, or anything that questions the fundamental paradigm or Unquestionable Presupposition makes people distinctly uncomfortable.

This makes reasonable discourse nearly impossible. There are ways of dismissing almost every idea with the wave of a hand, or a sit down and shut up.

This can even be true (maybe especially true), when the questioner shares the basic core commitments of the others of the group. Yet, asking, “Is this really a given?” will make one distinctly unpopular.

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